National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

The National Book Awards are given out by the National Book Foundation with the goal of enhancing the public’s awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general.

For a complete list of winners visit the National Book Foundation

March: Book Three
March: Book Three
By Lewis, John
Author Aydin, Andrew
Illustrator Powell, Nate
2016-08 – Top Shelf Productions
9781603094023 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Coretta Scott King Award (2017), Michael L. Printz Award (2017), Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (2017)

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.

By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has …More

Challenger Deep
Challenger Deep
By Shusterman, Neal
Illustrator Shusterman, Brendan
2015-04 – Harper Teen
9780061134111 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (2015), National Book Awards (2015), Tayshas Reading (2016)

National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Timesbestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas …More

Brown Girl Dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming
By Woodson, Jacqueline
2014-08 – Nancy Paulsen Books
9780399252518 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Alabama Camellia Award (2016), Black-Eyed Susan Award (2016), Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (2015), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2015), Children’s Book Committee Award (2015), Coretta Scott King Award (2015), Cybils (2014), E.B. White Read Aloud Award (2015), Georgia Children’s Book Award (2016), Great Stone Face Book Award (2016), Kentucky Bluegrass Award (2016), L.A. Times Book Prize (2014), National Book Awards (2014), Nevada Young Readers’ Award (2016), Newbery Medal (2015), North Carolina Children’s Book Award (2016), Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (2015), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2016), Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (2015), SIBA Book Award (2015)

New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner

Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow…More

Thing about Luck
Thing about Luck
By Kadohata, Cynthia
Illustrator Kuo, Julia
2013-06 – Atheneum Books for Young Readers
9781416918820 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2014), Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (2016), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2015), Keystone to Reading Book Award (2015), Land of Enchantment Book Award (2015), National Book Awards (2013), Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up) (2013), Sasquatch Award (2016), Volunteer State Book Awards (2016)

Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers. Illustrations. …More

Goblin Secrets
Goblin Secrets
By Alexander, William
2012-03 – Margaret K. McElderry Books
9781442427266 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Minnesota Book Award (2013), National Book Awards (2012)

Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays. …More

Inside Out & Back Again
Inside Out & Back Again
By Lai, Thanhha
2011-02 – HarperTorch
9780061962783 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Beehive Awards (2014), Black-Eyed Susan Award (2013), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2012), Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (2014), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2013), Iowa Children’s Choice (ICCA) Award (2015), Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (2012), National Book Awards (2011), Nene Award (2013), Newbery Medal (2012), North Carolina Children’s Book Award (2014), Nutmeg Book Award (2014), Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award (2014), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (2013), Rhode Island Children’s Book Awards (2013), Sasquatch Award (2014), Sequoyah Book Awards (2014), South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (2013), Virginia Readers Choice Award (2015)

Inspired by the author’s own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam as a refugee and immigrating to Alabama, this tween novel told in verse is sure to capture young readers’ hearts and open their eyes. …More

Mockingbird
Mockingbird
By Erskine, Kathryn
2010-04 – Philomel Books
9780399252648 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2011), Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (2013), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2012), Georgia Children’s Book Award (2012), Golden Archer Award (2012), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2013), Iowa Children’s Choice (ICCA) Award (2013), Kentucky Bluegrass Award (2012), Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (2013), National Book Awards (2010), Nene Award (2012), Nevada Young Readers’ Award (2013), Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (2011), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (2014), Sasquatch Award (2014), SIBA Book Award (2011), South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (2013), Virginia Readers Choice Award (2012), West Virginia Children’s Book Award (2012), William Allen White Childens Book Award (2013), Young Hoosier Book Award (2014)

In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an 11-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. …More

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
By Hoose, Phillip M.
2009-01 – Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374313227 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2010), Cybils (2009), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2011), Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (2010), National Book Awards (2009), Newbery Medal (2010), Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (2010), Sequoyah Book Awards (2012), Volunteer State Book Awards (2012), Young Hoosier Book Award (2012)

On March 2, 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. In her own words, Claudette gives a detailed look at segregated life in 1950s Memphis and the start of the civil rights movement. …More

What I Saw and How I Lied
What I Saw and How I Lied
By Blundell, Judy
2008-11 – Scholastic Press
9780439903462 Check Our CatalogAwards:
National Book Awards (2008), Tayshas Reading (2010), Volunteer State Book Awards (2011)

Evie Spooner’s father returns home from World War II and brings more back with him than just good war stories. When handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who had served in Joe Spooner’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. …More

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
By Alexie, Sherman
2007-09 – Little, Brown Young Readers
9780316013680 Check Our CatalogAwards:
American Indian Youth Literature Award (2008), Book Sense Book of the Year Award (2008), Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (2008), California Young Reader Medal (2010), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2008), Colorado Blue Spruce Award (2009), Cybils (2007), Delaware Diamonds Award (2009), Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (2010), Florida Teens Read (2010), Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers (2009), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2010), Green Mountain Book Award (2010), Iowa Teen Award (2010), L.A. Times Book Prize (2007), National Book Awards (2007), Native American Youth Services Literature Award (2008), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2008), Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award (2010), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2009), Sequoyah Book Awards (2010), South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (2010), Tayshas Reading (2009), Volunteer State Book Awards (2010), Washington State Book Award (2008), Young Reader’s Choice Award (2010)

Based on the authors own experiences, this first young adult novel by bestselling author Alexie features poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney that reflect the characters art as it chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy attempting to break away from the life he was destined to live. …More

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume 1, the Pox Party
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume 1, the Pox Party
By Anderson, M. T.
2006-09 – Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763624026 Check Our Catalog

1st book in Octavian Nothing series

Awards:
Book Sense Book of the Year Award (2007), Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (2007), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2007), Delaware Diamonds Award (2009), L.A. Times Book Prize (2006), Michael L. Printz Award (2007), National Book Awards (2006), Volunteer State Book Awards (2009)

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age 16, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. …More

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
By Birdsall, Jeanne
2005-06 – Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375831430 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Book Sense Book of the Year Award (2006), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2006), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2008), Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (2008), National Book Awards (2005), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (2008), Volunteer State Book Awards (2009), William Allen White Childens Book Award (2008)

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves …More

Godless
Godless
By Hautman, Pete
2004-06 – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
9780689862786 Check Our CatalogAwards:
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2006), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2008), National Book Awards (2004), Volunteer State Book Awards (2007)

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Winner – 2004 National Book Award for Youth

Minnesota Book Award Winner – 2005 Young Adult Fiction & Poetry

As a joke, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents his own religion: theworship of his town’s water tower. But what starts as a loose congregation of Jason’s friend Shin and some classmates soon takes on a …More

The Canning Season
The Canning Season
By Horvath, Polly
2003-05 – Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374399566 Check Our CatalogAwards:
National Book Awards (2003), Parents Choice Award (Spring) (1998-2007) (2003), Young Adult Canadian Book Award (2004)

Winner-2003 National Book Award for Youth

By turns dark and humorous, Horvath offers adolescent readers enough quirky characters and outrageous situations to leave them reeling. …More

The House of the Scorpion
The House of the Scorpion
By Farmer, Nancy
2002-09 – Atheneum Books
9780689852220 Check Our Catalog

1st book in House of the scorpion series

Awards:
Bookseller’s Choice (2003), Colorado Blue Spruce Award (2005), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2004), Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (2006), Evergreen Young Adult Book Award (2005), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2005), Iowa Teen Award (2006), Michael L. Printz Award (2003), National Book Awards (2002), Nevada Young Readers’ Award (2005), Newbery Medal (2003), Nutmeg Book Award (2006), Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007) (2002), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (2005), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2004), Sequoyah Book Awards (2005), South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (2006), Tayshas Reading (2004), Volunteer State Book Awards (2005), Young Hoosier Book Award (2006), Young Reader’s Choice Award (2005)

To most people around him, Matt is not a boy, but a beast. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by sinister characters. …More

 


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